Press Kit


Crowdless is a free platform with global coverage that helps people with social distancing. It provides real-time data on how supermarkets are so that people can avoid crowds, choose the least busy place and best time to visit.

The platform uses a combination of existing data sources, such as Google Maps and Google Places data, in combination with crowdsourced data.

The Crowdless app is now available on iOS and Android. A new version of the app was launched on 12th June with new functionalities that provide localised information on how crowded places are.

Crowdless was launched in April 2020 and currently has over 60,000 users. The largest number of users are in the UK, Germany, and Spain.

The platform is developed by UK-based social enterprise Lanterne, whose mission is to use data to improve safety and promote economic development.

Crowdless is part of the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom, Oxford University’s Oxford Foundry and the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Generate.


  • (NEW) Allows users to add and save their favourite shops report missing stores and encourages them to volunteer as Community Ambassadors.
  • Real-time data on crowdedness of supermarkets and pharmacies.
  • Allows users to choose less crowded times to visit or less busy alternatives.
  • Global coverage.
  • Allows users to input data into the platform.
  • Free to use.
  • Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

This app is for you if:

  • You want to avoid crowds.
  • Want to save time and plan your day more efficiently.
  • Are concerned with social distancing and want to manage this.
  • Are interested in supporting your community.
  • You work in the supermarket trade and are interested in ways to optimise your footfall traffic by showing people better alternative times to shop.

Press Contact and Bios

For more information please contact us on

Co-founders: Alex Barnes, Yohan Iddawela and Sebastian Mueller are available for interview. Their bios are located here.

Press Release

15 June 2020 ‘As lockdown restrictions ease across the UK; new app promotes customer safety’ is located here.

28 April 2020 Launch of Crowdless press release is located here.

Case study

Our community ambassadors, such as Adam Sidbury, based in Oxford has been testing the Crowdless app since it launched in April. He has been featured by the BBC and is available for interview. Please contact us at if you would like to set up an interview.

About Lanterne

Lanterne is an award-winning social enterprise that uses data to improve safety and promote economic development. They’ve received support and funding from the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre UK managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (part of UK Research and Innovation), the University of Oxford’s Oxford Foundry, the London School of Economics (LSE) Generate, Santander Universities and Yoti’s Humanitarian Tech Support Program.

Information on Data Privacy

Lanterne observes stringent data privacy protection standards. Crowdless is GDPR compliant, and does not collect users’ personal information. Location information is collected on an opt-in basis, only for the purpose of returning the most relevant results. Lanterne works closely with Adapt ( to ensure high quality data protection standards.

Press Coverage

7.6.2020: BBC 5 Live Science Podcast – The global race to find a vaccine for Covid-19 – BBC Sounds. interview with Yohan Iddawela, from 15:47

6.6.2020: Neue App zeigt, wie voll Orte in Deutschland sind, interview with Sebastian Mueller

4.6.2020: Breakfast on BBC Radio: Interview with Alex Barnes and Adam Sidbury (from 2:39:53)

4.6.2020 BBC Oxford South interview with Alex Barnes and Adam Sidbury

2.6.2020: Der Spiegel Diese Apps helfen, Abstand zu halten

2.6.2020: RTL: So funktioniert die Corona-App auf der Insel Texel

11.5.2020: Sri Lanka FT: Sri Lankan Ph.D. student in team behind pioneering social distancing app

6.5.2020: El Pais: Una ‘app’ para evitar aglomeraciones con información que llega desde el espacio

5.5.2020: SWR 2: Eine App die anzeigt, wie voll der Supermarkt ist. An interview with Sebastian Mueller

 31.4.2020: The Guardian: UK start-up company is preparing to launch a free app that will help people observe physical distancing more effectively by informing them when locations are busy.

28.4.2020: Suddeutsche Zeitung: Neue Corona-App zeigt Auslastung von Supermärkten



Crowdless was recently selected as a winner by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, of the Covid-19 Rapid Response competition.  Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. They connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit

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Twitter: @crowdless_app

Lanterne/CrowdLess team

Sebastian Mueller (Co-Founder, CTO and Head of Product)

Alex Barnes (Co-Founder, Co-CEO)

Yohan Iddawela (Co-Founder, Co-CEO)

Mateusz Bednarski (Lead Software Engineer)

Wian Stipp (Lead Data Scientist)

Edoardo Pona (Full-stack Developer)